Clergymen who get discouraged or disgusted when they meet obstacles in the course of their priestly vocation clearly show that they do not understand the ministry they have given themselves over to.
Maundy Thursday: The Rt. Rev'd. Ephraim Okechukwu Ikeakor ministering to the clergy
This assertion was made by the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Amichi in Nnewi South Local Government of Anambra State, The Rt. Rev'd. Ephraim Okechukwu Ikeakor.
Bishop Ikeakor said this in his sermon to clergymen of the Diocese during the Holy Communion service to commemorate the Maundy Thursday. The Eucharistic service which was celebrated at the Chapel of Salvation, Diocesan Secretariat, Amichi attracted all the serving clergymen in the diocese.
In his sermon titled “Missioners and missionaries”, Bishop Ikeakor when priests complain against their superiors, it means they do not know who called them.
In a chat with newsmen in his office shortly after the service, Bishop Ikeakor said that incessant complaints among the clergy stem from the fact that many clergymen jumped into the priestly vocation without first answering the call of God at salvation.
“A missionary is first a disciple. He must be one who learns from his master without questioning him.”
He called on clergymen to discard the empire and luxury mentality in ministry as the priestly vocation is not a money making venture.
“Priests are on transit and their stay in any location is transient. The duration does not determin the impact but commitment and vision do.”
He cautioned priests to always make reference to the vows they made at their ordination noting that there is no provision for resignation in the ordination vows.
Bishop Ikeakor noted that periodic reference to the ordination vows will help priests moderate their lives appropriately.
The Maundy Thursday service featured renewal of ordination vows by priests in the diocese as well as the consecration of the anointing oil.